SCS Group is pleased to welcome Mike Card to the team as our new Commercial Director, based at our headquarters in Cardiff.
Mike brings with him a wealth of construction industry knowledge and comes to us after more than 30 years in the industry.
Leadership and support
Mike will be providing both leadership and support to the SCS Group teams in relation to commercial activities and will play a key part in ensuring our strategic growth plans are achieved.
We thought it would be interesting to find out more about Mike and how he got to where he is now.
Mike, who grew up just down the road from our HQ in Barry, left Barry Boys School in 1986 after completing his O-levels. Not knowing which direction to go in at that point, he embarked on study at Barry College where he attained two Diplomas in Business Studies.
Mike then began working at The Bank of Wales, where he stayed for a year before getting the chance to work with Crown House Engineering. There he started in Credit Control before joining the newly set up Quantity Surveying Department as a trainee.
He said: “In a 16-year career I progressed to Senior Quantity Surveyor working on various projects including those within steelworks, coal mines, council offices, shopping developments and court buildings. During this time I completed an NVQ Level 4 in Management.”
After Crown House, Mike joined NG Bailey as a Senior Quantity Surveyor at their Cardiff office. During his 15-year career at NG Bailey he progressed to Regional Commercial Director looking after the Midlands, South West and Wales. This involved overseeing many prestigious developments including the New Street Train Station redevelopment in Birmingham, Cardiff and Swansea Football Stadiums and projects for Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, MOD, Admiral Insurance and Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter and Birmingham Universities to name but a few.
So what part of his job does Mike enjoy the most?
‘Every day is different’
He said: “Every day is different, you get to see projects grow from nothing into something to be proud of and have many challenges to overcome along the way.”
Outside work, Mike enjoys travelling (“glamping only” he tells us), along with his wife, two children and their Old English Sheepdog across different parts of the UK and Europe.
Christopher Jones, Projects Director, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Mike to SCS Group as our Commercial Director. He brings with him fantastic leadership skills and a wealth of knowledge of our industry and we look forward to working with him.